Rex Isenberg

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Rex Isenberg is a Los Angeles-based composer whose music has been described as “timeless” and “inviting” (Herald Times, IN). Many of Isenberg’s choral works touch upon the nature of human relationships from the personal to the societal throughout history and the present day. He is also devoted to expanding the catalog of Jewish liturgical music, with compositions that honor the spirit of the original text while offering renewed meaning for contemporary audiences.

Isenberg’s choral work has been performed throughout the U.S. and abroad by ensembles including NOTUS Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Angeles Chorale, Cecilia Chorus of New York, North Carolina Master Chorale, St. Olaf Cantorei, and Cantori New York. He has collaborated with Tony-winning actor Stephen Spinella and Tony-nominated actors Kathleen Chalfant and Paul Hecht as narrators on his oratorio Messiahs: False and True. Isenberg served as composer-in-residence for Choral Chameleon in 2016-17 and has been a fellow at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Isenberg holds a B.A. in music from Yale University and masters and doctorate degrees in composition from Manhattan School of Music. Born in Philadelphia, Isenberg currently lives in L.A. with his husband. His choral works are available through ECS Publishing.

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